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Roger Federer has knee surgery, will skip 2 tournaments

BASEL, Switzerland -- Roger Federer had successful arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus Wednesday and will miss tournaments in Rotterdam and Dubai this month.

Federer, who is ranked No. 3 in the world, had the surgery in Switzerland, a statement on his official website said Wednesday. The statement did not specify which knee is injured, though it said it happened last Friday, one day after his Australian Open semifinal loss to Novak Djokovic.

"My doctors have [assured] me that the surgery was a success and with proper rehabilitation, I will be able to return to the Tour soon," Federer said in the statement.

It is a rare injury setback for the 34-year-old Federer, who has had relatively minor back problems in 2008 and 2013.

His next scheduled tournament is in Indian Wells, California, starting March 7.

He apologized on Facebook for having to miss two events.

I want to inform you that yesterday I underwent arthroscopic surgery on my knee. I injured my knee the day after the...

Posted by Roger Federer onĀ Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The organizer of the Rotterdam tournament, former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek, said he got the news on Tuesday.

"Obviously, receiving this information yesterday evening is a major setback for us, as it is for the fans looking forward to his presence," Krajicek said. "We hope to have Roger back next year."